When you’re facing breast cancer, it can help to talk it through with someone who’s been there too. 

Speak to someone who understands

The Someone Like Me email service can put you in touch with a volunteer who can support you by email correspondence.  You’ll speak to someone who’s had a similar experience to you, who has finished their treatment and has been trained to help. 

Our volunteers can support you if:

  • you’ve had a primary breast cancer diagnosis
  • you’re undergoing genetic testing or have a genetic diagnosis
  • you’re a partner, family member or friend or someone affected. 

If you prefer, you can also chat to one of our 200 volunteers through our telephone support service. 

How does it work?

If you’d like to talk to someone by email, you can search and select the most suitable volunteer and contact them directly. You can find their profiles and email addresses on our volunteer profile page below. 

All our volunteers have been carefully trained. Your details and information will be kept private and confidential within Breast Cancer Now. By using this service you agree to adhere to our terms and conditions.

What support will I receive?

Our volunteers can support you at any point, from the shock of your diagnosis or testing, during your treatments, or helping you to regain some sort of normality when treatments have ended.

Your volunteer will:

  • listen
  • offer emotional support and practical tips
  • share their own experiences
  • support you in making informed decisions

My volunteer was the perfect person to speak to – straightforward, warm and sympathetic

Below is a list of our current Someone Like Me volunteers, and the topics they have direct experience of dealing with:

  • Serena: 23 at diagnosis, DCIS, family history, bilateral mastectomy with implant reconstruction, BRCA 2, surgery complications
  • Julia: 31 at diagnosis, lumpectomy, mastectomy with reconstruction, fertility treatment, tamoxifen
  • Annie: 64 at diagnosis, triple negative, squamous-cell, chemotherapy, mastectomy and implant reconstruction 
  • Catriona: 47 at diagnosis, chemotherapy, mastectomy, LD reconstruction, breast reduction and uplift, tamoxifen, nipple reconstruction and tattoo, lymphoedema 
  • Gwen: lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, tamoxifen, work, family, ovaries removed 
  • Karen: 32 at diagnosis, mastectomy, lymph nodes, chemotherapy, tamoxifen, support for daughter and son through genetic testing, small children, body image, BRCA 2, ovarian surgery, 
  • Marion: 40s at diagnosis, triple negative, lumpectomy, axillary clearance, chemotherapy, teenage children
  • Pearl: young children, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, tamoxifen, letrozole, no reconstruction, family bereavement 
  • David: Male, breast cancer, lumpectomy, mastectomy, tamoxifen, work
  • Jo: 46 at diagnosis, DCIS, young children, family history, mastectomy with reconstruction (expander, strattice), nipple reconstruction, other medical conditions
  • Claire: 38 at diagnosis, grade 3, chemotherapy, mastectomy, LD reconstruction, tamoxifen, two daughters, active lifestyle
  • Sue: 33 at diagnosis, young children, triple negative, BRCA, implant reconstruction, bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy, ovaries removed.
  • Dawn: diagnosed at 47, chemotherapy, mastectomy, no reconstruction, anastrazole (arimidex)
  • Gemma: BRCA1 gene carrier, 20 at genetic diagnosis (no breast cancer diagnosis), double mastectomy, implant reconstruction, support for mum with breast cancer